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    Lifetime Faustina Sr. Aureus

    Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus (Augusta, AD 138-140/1). AV aureus (18mm, 7.28 gm, 5h). Lifetime issue of Rome, under Antoninus Pius, AD 138-139. FAVSTINA AVG AN-TONINI AVG P P, draped bust of Faustina left, hair waved and coiled atop head / VESTA, Vesta seated left, veiled, holding palladium in her extended right hand and cradling scepter in left arm. RIC (Pius) 334. Strack 399. Calic├│ 1807 (R1). Rare lifetime issue! Well struck from dies of refined style. NGC AU? 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    Annia Galeria Faustina was born into an aristocratic Roman senatorial family of Spanish descent. Her maternal uncle was the Emperor Hadrian. In about AD 115, she married Titus Fulvius Antoninus, a respected Senator, and through her connections he was tapped as Hadrian's successor. Antoninus succeeded to the throne in AD 138 and Faustina was acclaimed as Augusta. Antoninus honored her extensively and her vivacity, fashion sense and compassion for the poor made her very popular. Her distinctive hairstyle, with a tight coil adopt her head, was copied by women throughout the Empire. Only two years into the reign, Faustina died of an unknown illness; the grief-stricken emperor ordered her deification and an immense commemorative coinage. This aureus is a comparatively rare issue dated the Faustina's lifetime. 


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